Dover Air Force Base authorities are reporting the death of an airman in a traffic accident.
Senior Airman Victor Quach, 26, died in a two-vehicle crash on north Interstate 95 near Girard Avenue in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia on Feb. 18.
According to a press release from the Pennsylvania State Police, the accident took place at approximately 4:04 a.m. Officers arrived at the scene to find Quach already being treated by emergency personnel. He was taken to the Hahnemann University Hospital, where he died.
The driver of the second vehicle, Paul McLaughlin of Prospect Park, Pa., told police he was traveling behind Quach’s vehicle at approximately 55 mph when Quach apparently lost control and spun in a counterclockwise direction. McLaughlin said he steered his vehicle to the right, but was unable to avoid hitting Quach’s car.
“It is with deep sadness that we confirm the death of Senior Airman Quach,” said Col. Randall S. Huiss, 436th Airlift Wing vice commander. “The loss of one of our airmen is a loss for all of us, and our thoughts and condolences go out to his family during this difficult time.”
Quach was assigned to the 436th Civil Engineer Squadron as a fuel and water maintenance technician, said Lt. Mesha Nelson of the 436th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office. He also had been a member of the base Honor Guard, she said.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police.